Smokey Bear nailed it back in 1947 with “Remember…Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” And again in 2001, when his slogan changed to “Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires.” The reality is, out here in the Lake Travis area, it is up to us to prevent wildfires.
You’ve seen the horrifying footage of the California fires – surreal and beyond devastating. The thought of fires like that sweeping through our slice of the Texas Hill Country is just too scary.
For many of the lake and Hill Country communities, there’s one way in and one way out. As we discovered during the fires in Steiner Ranch in September 2011, being vulnerable is terrifying. Evacuation plans are critical for everyone’s safety.
As a result, initiatives have been implemented locally, and more are in the works. Here’s a look at what you need to know and more importantly, what you can do about it.